The 138,000-ton, 3,114-guest Explorer of the Seas offers guests unique features such as an ice-skating rink, the Royal Promenade, and a rock-climbing wall. Of particular interest is the University of Miami Ocean Lab, a state-of-the art oceanographic and atmospheric science which is located onboard the ship. The ship offers enhanced staterooms, expanded dining options, and outstanding recreational facilities.

Among some of the activities and amenities include: daily activities organized by cruise staff, shopping galleria, destination & shopping lectures and shore excursions, Royal Promenade lined with bars and shops, fully equipped Shipshape Fitness Center, full service beauty salon, full service spa, 3 outdoor pools with swim-up bar and 6 whirlpool spas, deck sports including ping-pong, basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard, jogging track, rock climbing Wall, 125 feet inline skating track, Explorer Dunes 9-hole mini golf, golf simulator & golf hitting cage, observation deck at the brow, 900-seat Studio B, Center Ice (at Studio B) ice skating rink, bi-level library, photo & A.

Some of the dining options the Explorer of the Seas offers include: Columbus, De Gama & Magellan dining rooms with three-tiered seating, Windjammer Cafe, Island Grill, Portofino Italian Restaurant - reservations only ($20pp cover charge applies), Johnny Rockets Diner - casual 50's style diner, Cafe Promenade serves coffee, pastries & light snacks, Aquarium Bar, Crown & Kettle - English style pub, Champagne Bar, Gala midnight buffet, daily afternoon tea, complimentary 24-hour room service.

There is no shortage of entertainment options aboard the ship: The Palace Theater, Maharaja's - dancing and cabaret entertainment Viking Crown Lounge, Casino Royale, Weekend Warrior sports bar, Connoisseur Club cigar club, The Chamber nightclub - DJ & dancing Schooner Bar with signature nautical decor, gaming arcade.